adj. defensive, jealous, vigilant, watchful, heedful, careful, possessive; preservative, shielding, sheltering, safeguarding She is fiercely protective of her independence and will not accept help Many animals rely on protective colouring as a defence against predators.
Meaning of PROTECTIVE in English
Oxford thesaurus English vocab. Английский словарь Оксфорд тезаурус. 2012